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The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars  

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List Rules Vote up the best current TV shows that feature actors who are usually in movies. Series must be currently airing new episodes on TV or a streaming service

Between cable, Netflix, and premium channels like HBO and Showtime, there are a lot of high budget shows out there nowadays. Television shows have bigger budgets than ever before and that has brought a lot of the Hollywood's most recognizable movie stars to the small screen. Danny DeVito, Zooey Deschanel, Don Cheadle, and many other big name movie stars are all currently trying their hand at television shows, most with considerable success.

Current entertainment is much different than it was just a decade or two ago and movie stars moving to TV is a relatively new phenomenon. Increases in budget and production value have incentivized movie stars to make the jump and many new shows have at least one movie star on the cast, if not more.

Film used to be in a league of its own. Whether it was actors, special effects, quality, or any number of other elements, it used to be easy to tell the difference between a movie and just another mediocre television show, sometimes from  a single frame. Now, those lines have been seriously blurred. Huge budget shows like Game of Thrones have proven that shows can be just as good, if not better, than movies. Then add all of the new shows from Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu into the equation and the television show landscape is in completely uncharted territory. Everywhere you look, there are movie stars on television.

Now, check out this list of the best current TV shows of 2019 starring movie stars and vote up the best of them all.

 

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Perpetual Grace, LTD is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Epix

Movie Star: Sir Ben Kingsley (Schindler's List, Gandhi)

Perpetual Grace LTD (Epix, 2019), formerly named "Our Lady, LTD," is an American neo-noir thriller television series created by Steve Conrad and Bruce Terris. James (Jimmi Simpson), a ...more
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Years and Years is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
BBC One, HBO

Movie Star: Emma Thompson (Late Night, Love Actually, Saving Mr. Banks)

Years and Years (BBC One/HBO, 2019) is a British television drama series created and written by Russell T Davies. Vivienne Rook (Emma Thompson) is an outspoken celebrity-turned-political figure ...more
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Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars

Movie Star: Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman, Erin Brockovich)

Homecoming (Amazon Video, 2018) is a psychological thriller web television series created by Sam Esmail, based on the podcast. Years later after she left her job as a caseworker at a facility ...more
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The Righteous Gemstones is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
HBO

John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Argo)

The Righteous Gemstones (HBO, 2019) is an American comedy television series created by Danny McBride. A world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable ...more
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Why Women Kill is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
CBS All Access
Why Women Kill (CBS All Access, 2019) is an American dark comedy-drama web television series created by Marc Cherry. Following the stories of a housewife in the ‘60s, a socialite in the ‘80s and ...more
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On Becoming a God in Central F... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Showtime

Kirsten Dunst (Midnight Special, Hidden Figures, Melancholia)

On Becoming a God in Central Florida (Showtime, 2019) is an American dark comedy television series. Krystal Gill (Kirsten Dunst) is a minimum-wage-earning water park employee who schemes her way ...more
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Carnival Row is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Carnival Row Amazon Video

Orlando Bloom (Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, Pirates of the Caribbean franchise)

Carnival Row (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American neo-noir fantasy web television series created by René Echevarria and Travis Beacham. As a serial killer preys on mystical creatures in a ...more
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City on a Hill is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Showtime

Movie Star: Kevin Bacon (Tremors, Footloose, JFK)

City on a Hill (Showtime, 2019) is an American television series created by Chuck MacLean. District Attorney Decourcy Ward (Aldis Hodge) and corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran Jackie Rhodes ...more
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Chambers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Netflix

Movie Star: Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Batman & Robin)

Chambers (Netflix, 2019) is a supernatural television series created by Leah Rachel. A young heart attack survivor begins taking on the characteristics of the heart donor that saved their life — ...more
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What/If is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
Netflix

Renée Zellweger (Bridget Jone's Diary, Cold Mountain, Chicago)

What/If (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama web television series created by Mike Kelley. Each season will tackle a different morality tale inspired by culturally consequential source material ...more
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Baskets is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
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 Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover, The Campaign)

Baskets (FX, 2016) is an American comedy television series co-created by Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis and Jonathan Krisel, who is also the showrunner. Galifianakis stars in the dual lead role ...more
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Hap and Leonard is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current TV Shows Starring Movie Stars
LanaYoshii added Sundance
James Purefoy (John Carter, Vanity Fair) Hap and Leonard (Sundance, 2016) is an TV drama series adapted from Joe R. Lansdale's series of novels of the same name. In 1980s East Texas, Hap Collins (James Purefoy) is a white working class ...more